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How much light do they need? This much.

Posted by krstofer Zone 8 (ish) (My Page) on
Wed, Feb 1, 06 at 11:09

So I have several tropical passi's grown from seed I purchased from Mauro Peixoto in Brazil.

The problem? It's 43 outside right now.
The solution? Bring 'em inside.

In that pot is one biflora, surrounded by a bunch of friends in little 4" square pots. There's 2 herbertiana, a rubra, an actina, and a mucronata. All happily growing beneath one 22 watt circline fluorescent. They do get a *tiny* bit of supplimental light through a window to the right of the pot.. But it faces north so there's not much.

Now sure they're not putting on "explosive" growth or something, but they're alive. And the set-up was $8 for the light, $2 for the socket and $0.99 for the little extention cord. (the bamboo stick holding the light was free.) I have 'em on a timer with 16 on 8 off.. So I use 0.35 kilo-watt hours a day keelin' them alive. (for comparison, this computer uses 9 KWH a day. < 1 KWH = 1,000 watts on for an hour >)

Not bad for 11 bucks huh?

I'm not terribly excited about de-tangling everyone come spring and adventures to the outside.. But hey they're alive.

Oh yeah~> What's with the chicken-wire? I have four pigmy australian land-otters (I also live in California where such things are ... Prohibited) who *Really* like to "help" me repot things. And since I'd rather not do any transplanting at the moment....

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RE: How much light do they need? This much.

Oh sh*t! That's a lot of light! But well worth it, definately! And your furry friends are lovely-- I've always wanted one.
Amanda 'romando'

RE: How much light do they need? This much.

*S* actually, that's not much at all. I prolly use more energy makin' coffee in the morning than that bulb uses all day. I have a bunch in the "dining room" happily growing under a 250 watt high-pressure sodium bulb.. Last year I lit an entire room with a thousand watt hallide.. Then I recieved the electric bill. 16 KWH a day from one bulb is not a good financial plan for the lowly passiflora grower.. Now if I could only break the code on supplying the 90 year old glaucoma patients their "fix" legally.. That would be a whole different story.

I wonder how they do it? I mean even if they have a "growing permit", some folks just cannot do it. Seems like someone should be allowed to for them, right? There *HAS* to be a legal way to do it.

Oh well. A quandary for another day.

RE: How much light do they need? This much.


I live in Berkeley... I know people... ;)
I'll let you know *lol*

Amanda 'romando'

RE: How much light do they need? This much.


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